News from the CentrePort Community – February 2024

BISON TRANSPORT ANNOUNCES NEW AGREEMENT WITH CPKC – Bison Transport has entered into a new agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) to offer intermodal transportation services along CPKC’s north-south corridor, linking Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The collaboration positions Bison Transport as a leading multimodal freight solutions provider, expanding its supply-chain network throughout North America. The partnership allows Bison Transport’s growing customer base immediate access to cross-border multimodal solutions using CPKC rail corridors, leveraging the reliability of both organizations and capitalizing on the booming nearshoring manufacturing in Mexico.

Read the full news release here.


Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 101 is part of the ring road originally constructed in the 1950s and 1960s as a bypass route around the City of Winnipeg, and, together with PTH 100, is known as the Perimeter Highway – North (PTH 101) and South (PTH 100). The purpose of the North Perimeter Functional Design Study is to develop a plan that will accommodate the future development of the North Perimeter Highway into a fully grade-separated freeway that can ultimately accommodate six lanes. WSP is currently working for the Manitoba government on the North Perimeter Design Study.

Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has been meeting with stakeholders and the local community since February 2023 to introduce the project and collect initial feedback. The study team has more recently developed road alignment and interchange options, which are available to view on the EngageMB website: The road alignment and interchange options are divided into five segments. Those interested in the CentrePort area can take a look at Segment 1 (Portage Avenue to CentrePort Canada Way), Segment 2 (CentrePort Canada Way to Rosser Road) and Segment 3 (PTH 6 to Pipeline Road). The online survey is now closed, but if you have any questions, you can contact Meagan Boles, Engagement Lead for the project at

CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS MAKE INVESTING IN SOLAR ENERGY A SMART CHOICE Efficiency Manitoba will be removing solar rebate caps for commercial installations and begin offering solar rebates for new homes and buildings. Businesses can receive a rebate of $0.50 per watt when they install a solar PV system through a registered Efficiency Manitoba contractor. Rebates are now available for all solar PV system sizes.  New homes and new commercial buildings are now also eligible for solar PV rebates. Click here to learn more.

In addition to Efficiency Manitoba’s rebates, The Canadian federal government recently introduced The Clean Technology Investment Tax Credit (Clean Tech ITC) a refundable investment tax credit of up to 30% of the capital cost of clean technology property acquired by businesses. This legislation incentivizes businesses to invest in clean technology such as solar power.

These programs now provide more than 50% off rooftop solar system costs for businesses. If you’re interested in transitioning to solar energy, Powertec Solar  can supply and install a wide range of solar solutions for all types of applications. Get a free feasibility analysis today:

STAY AND SAVE WITH MOTEL 6 HEADINGLEY/WINNIPEG WEST From now until the end of March 2024, take advantage of Motel 6 Headingley/Winnipeg West’s special Trucker Promotion and save a whopping 25% off your nightly rate. It’s their way of saying thank you for keeping our goods moving and our economy rolling.

Booking is Easy: Call at 204-896-9000 and mention code TRUCK25 to secure your discounted rate or visit and click ‘Check Rates’ to book online.

Offer valid for truckers with company ID. Terms and conditions apply.

EXCITING UPCOMING EVENTS WITH MANITOBA TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONWomen with Drive Hits the Road: Join the Manitoba Trucking Association and members of Manitoba’s trucking industry on February 22, 4:30-7:00 pm for a discussion on the ways and benefits of recruiting traditionally under-represented groups to the trucking industry.  Moderated by Trucking HR Canada’s Angela Splinter, walk away with tips and ideas to enhance your recruitment strategies.

Click here for more information and to register.

Manitoba Trucking and Career Expo: On June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., MTA will be bringing employers, job-seekers, industry veterans, and those curious about Manitoba’s trucking industry together for the first Manitoba Trucking and Career Expo at Red River Exhibition Park – an event like no other!  Combining a career fair with the Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championship and a Show & Shine, this event is sure to have something for everyone!

Exhibitor registration for the Career Fair is NOW OPEN. Click here to register.

TRIPWIRE LAUNCHES NEW OFFERING – LEGACY LIBRARY: YOUR LIFE, PRESERVED IN VIDEOTripwire Media Group is launching a new service, Legacy Library, a video preservation platform designed to capture and immortalize personal histories. This service offers personalized consultations, professional filming, and secure cloud storage, ensuring that every pivotal moment and milestone in your life is recorded for posterity. Legacy Library stands out by committing to safeguard the essence of your personal achievements and cherished memories, creating a lasting legacy for generations to come. Discover the unique opportunity to eternalize your life’s journey with Legacy Library. Learn more at Legacy Library.

TOUR THE QUINTEX FACILITY – MANITOBA’S UNIFORM, MAT, & LINEN SERVICE EXPERTS SINCE 1911 Quintex Services, a trusted provider of uniforms, mats, and linens in Manitoba since 1911, invites businesses to explore its operations through a Facility Tour.

Step inside Quintex and witness the meticulous handling and treatment of products from the moment they arrive. Gain valuable insights into cutting-edge equipment designed to optimize operational efficiency. Despite laundering a large volume of products daily, Quintex is dedicated to incorporating sustainable initiatives and minimizing their environmental impact. Explore our expansive facility and meet the dedicated team behind the operations. In the tour, you will also discover how 80% of water is reused, or how 1000 pounds of garments can swiftly load into a washer or dryer with automated processes. More modern technology is unveiled during the tour.

For a sneak peek into the facility experience, check out the video here.

Elevate your understanding of industry excellence by requesting a tour today. Quintex, with its century-long legacy, remains committed to delivering quality services to Manitobans. It’s more than a tour; it’s a journey through a century of expertise and partnership.

 LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT INN AT THE FORKS – Celebrate Valentines Day at Inn at the Forks. The “Month of Love” guestroom package includes an overnight stay, sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, slippers, robe, breakfast and 2pm checkout.  Book your special night at and check out the SMITH Valentines Day Feature Menu, available Feb 14th – 18th:, here.

GREEN LIGHT GIVEN TO FOCUS EQUITIES’ ROUNDHOUSE PROJECT IN VICTORIA – Victoria council has granted approval for the Roundhouse project, giving Focus Equities the zoning it needs to move forward with an initiative that envisions nine buildings ranging in height from 10 to 32 storeys including 1,870 residential units, 70,000 square feet of commercial space and the remediation and renovation of existing heritage buildings on the site. The project is a significant step forward in transforming the designated area into a vibrant hub, showcasing the city’s commitment to urban development and community enhancement. Read more here.

PEGASUS PUBLICATIONS WELCOMES NEW CEO Pegasus Publications Inc. wishes Ian Leatt well as he moves on to start his own environmental business. Shauna Dobbie has taken over his previous position as CEO. Gord Gage moves up to become their new National Sales Manager.

FWS OPENS NEW OFFICE IN NORTH DAKOTA FWS now has a new office in the United States at 4950 13th Avenue S, Suite 20, Fargo, ND 58103. This isn’t just an additional office—it’s an expansion to better serve clients across the United States. So, if you’re looking for top-notch construction services, FWS is here.

Connect with FWS at (701) 293-0448 and discover how their design, construction and maintenance expertise can elevate your industrial projects.

For more information, contact Denis Tétrault, Director, Sales, Marketing & Communications at (204) 487-2500 or visit their website here.

CLEAR CONCEPTS HELPING ORGANIZATIONS ADOPT AI COPILOTS – Microsoft Copilot is a free and secure tool that can help you boost your productivity with AI. Whether you are writing reports, proposals, presentations, or emails, Microsoft Copilot can assist you with smart suggestions, corrections, and completions – but that’s only the beginning.

Interested in learning how to use Microsoft Copilot to save time in your daily work? Clear Concepts offers tailored Microsoft Copilot Training. Local AI Experts can progress your team through a series of demonstrations and real-life scenarios, leveraging Microsoft Copilot and reinforcing the basics of Prompt Engineering.

To get started click here.

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD | STEVENSON WELCOMES VICE PRESIDENT OF VALUATION & ADVISORY SERVICESOn January 8, CW Stevenson was thrilled to welcome Chad Willis as Vice President of Valuation & Advisory Services. A seasoned leader in commercial valuations and strategy, Chad boasts over 15 years of expertise in finance and real estate. Adept in real estate appraisal, commercial lending, and business strategy, Chad’s career highlights include sales leadership and credit management in the commercial and agriculture sectors. Chad is leading Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson’s Valuation & Advisory team to grow the division and enhance their service offerings.

Learn more about Chad

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURAL LABOR SHORTAGES WITH THE AGRI-FOOD PILOT MLT Aikins recently published an article discussing the efforts of the Government of Canada to address agricultural labor shortages by emphasizing its commitment to attracting and retaining skilled foreign agricultural workers using the Agri-Food Pilot. The Agri-Food Pilot, a program introduced in 2019 and extended until May 2025, provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residency for non-seasonal agricultural workers. The article outlines the eligibility criteria for the program, including work experience, job offers, language abilities, educational requirements, and settlement funds and touches on changes to the Express Entry program, targeting agriculture and agri-food workers for faster permanent residency processing.

Read the article here.

BUILDING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT INTO YOUR BUSINESSHow to create a culture that fosters ongoing success. No matter how well you do what you do, someday somebody is going to come along and try to do it better. That’s the nature of competition. To be able to compete, you need to continuously focus on reducing the waste and inefficiency constraining your business.

The journey to make your company leaner and more productive demands a continuous improvement mindset—a way of constantly challenging that way you do things and actively seeking opportunities to do things better, smarter and more efficiently. Building continuous improvement into your business will help you tackle and reduce waste and inefficiency, cut costs and boost profits and stay competitive.

Want even more good news? There are just 4 simple steps to getting started. Read BDC’s article to find out what they are.

Click here to read more!

STAY INFORMED WITH THE HUB GOVERNMENT BENEFITS UPDATE HUB’s Government Benefits Report provides you with a high-level summary of major legislative developments and other governmental changes that may be relevant for your employee benefit plans, retirement plans, HR policies, and compensation strategies. Read more about it here.

UNITED AIRLINES TO RETURN TO WINNIPEG RICHARDSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Winnipeg Airports Authority will welcome United Airlines back to YWG this spring with service to Chicago and Denver – two of the airline’s biggest airport hubs. The return of these routes, which were paused at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shows WAA’s commitment to working with its partners to land more connections to more places that matter to the community. Non-stop, daily flights to both cities are scheduled to begin May 23, 2024. Learn more here.

RRC POLYTECH PARTNERS WITH LES VERTS LIVING TO PRODUCE TERRACE PRO – Les Verts Living has shared one of its Terrace Pro units with RRC Polytech to give Culinary Arts students access to fresh, gourmet produce. A prototype of the Terrace Pro, a soil-free and pesticide-free hydroponic growing system, was originally developed through a partnership between Les Verts Living and RRC Polytech – taking advantage of the resources available at the College’s Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing (TACAM), Prairie Research Kitchen (PRK), and Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre (BETAC).  The unit will be housed at the Paterson Globalfoods Institute (PGI). Read more here.

EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING AT TDS!TDS lawyer John Stefaniuk, K.C. was recently recognized by the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation in their January 29, 2024 News on Purpose publication for his leadership role as Canadian Bar Association President and his dedication to contributing to his professional field and community.  As the leader of more than 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students across Canada, one of his top three key priorities in 2024 is encouraging lawyers to give back to the profession and their communities. Read more here.

TDS also has an upcoming Construction Seminar on Prompt Payment in Manitoba on Thursday, February 15 7:45am-10:00am at the TDS office on 1700-242 Hargrave Street. This seminar will delve into Manitoba’s newly enacted Prompt Payment Legislation providing a clear understanding of the key aspects, implications, and benefits of this new legislation and the impact for all stakeholders involved in the construction industry. This session will explain what the new legislation says and how to implement the necessary changes to your contracts, and to your project management. Register today!

LEARN ABOUT BRANDT’S MATERIAL HANDLING DIVISIONThe Brandt Group of Companies—headquartered in Regina, SK, is a privately owned manufacturing and distribution company that serves a growing international audience in industries such as agriculture, construction, forestry, rail, mining, steel, transportation, material handling, and energy. Brandt employs 6000+ people and services markets in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Brandt’s success is driven by a passionate belief in the unlimited potential of their company and the unlimited success of their customers, and they act on that belief every single day.

Brandt acquired Material Handling Division, this acquisition adds to the several other divisions under the reputable Brandt name such as Agricultural Products, Brandt Engineering, Construction & forestry, Compact equipment, Road and Rail, Position Technology, Truck Rigging and Trailer to name a few. Material Handling covers a variety of equipment from forklifts, rough terrain lifts, telehandlers, articulating lifts, scissor lifts as well as rentals. Click on the links below to learn more about the manufactures Brandt is proud to partner with:

Quality, Innovative, Commitment and Customer focus is what our core principles are and what we strive to follow. Learn more here.

For any inquiries please contact Greg Lorenc – Sales Manager Brandt – Material Handling – 204-558-1583